Turmeric Tea Golden Milk Recipe

Soothing and Immune Boosting Turmeric Tea Recipe Golden Milk RecipeTurmeric is a root that has been used for thousands of years by many cultures for its potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

I love it for cooking in foods like curries and as an herbal remedy. Especially this time of year, turmeric is a staple at our home for avoiding illness and keeping our immune systems strong.

The Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is especially known for its benefits to digestion, immune function, liver health and even possible protection from cancer.

From a past post:

Curcumin (turmeric) may stop the action of a liver enzyme that activates environmental toxins into carcinogenic forms, and may be especially useful in deactivating the carcinogens in cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco. Turmeric in the diet increases the production of enzymes that digest fats and sugars, and stop cholesterol from forming gallstones. Turmeric prevents the release of histamine in the stomach, quelling nervous stomach and counteracting food allergies and it fights gum inflammation by halting the action of a gene that creates irritant chemicals. Without the irritation, bacteria cannot find a place to grow, and the absence of bacteria reduces both bad breath and gingivitis.

Turmeric Tea

Turmeric Tea or Golden Milk is a great way to get the benefits of Turmeric daily. I love drinking this before bed as it aids relaxation and helps boost the immune system while sleeping.

The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that it is safe to cook with Turmeric while pregnant and nursing but that turmeric supplements should not be taken without a doctor’s advice. Since this tea contains Turmeric, consult with a doctor or midwife before consuming this if you are pregnant, nursing or have a medical condition.

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Turmeric Tea Golden Milk Recipe
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Serves: 4
  • 2 cups of milk or homemade coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric (where to find it)
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon (where to find it)
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup or to taste
  • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  • Tiny piece of fresh, peeled ginger root or ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Pour into a small sauce pan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
  3. Drink immediately

 How do you use turmeric? Share your uses below!

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  1. I love this idea! I’m not a huge fan of turmeric in foods but this would be a great way to get the benefits of turmeric for those who don’t like curries.

        • All curry is is a dish prepared in sauce. So basically all of you are saying you don’t like sauce. If you don’t like one curry, go on to the next. There are hundreds of different types of curries. If you say that you don’t like curry because you tried just one and didn’t like it, that’s like saying you don’t like all fruit because you only tried a banana and didn’t like it.

    • I noticed that several people asked about how much of the golden tea you are supposed to drink in a day but i haven’t seen the answer yet. A whole can of coconut milk every day seems pretty excessive and fattening, no?
      I’m ready to try a batch but hoping i can drink several small portions throughout day and refrigerate to use next day?
      maybe the paste is the best way to go…then you can get your 1 tsp of turmeric with less liquid.

      • Tumeric is used in Hawaii to cleanse the kidney, liver and colon .. It also clears plaque in the veins. Cleansing is good however depending on what your diet maybe such a cleansing may have an impact that your not ready to experience. Start gradually and see how your body reacts .. It’s different for everyone.

      • I make a paste with 1 tsp. of turmeric and avocado oil (you can use any oil you like. Then I wash it down with a strong tasting yogurt.
        Then I swallow 2 whole peppercorns. I find this easy and quick!

      • I am going to swap the Coconut Milk for unsweetened Almond Milk which only has 30 calories a cup. healthier alternative.

      • You could use any kind of milk, it doesn’t have to be coconut milk. Fresh, whole milk and almond milk are also great options. And don’t worry about the fat! More and more we are learning how nutritious and essential fat is. You could drink this tea daily for it’s health benefits.

    • This is an excellent recipe. I added about a tablespoon of maple syrup, maybe a little more. I also did not make my own coconut milk. The cayenne and black pepper give it a nice little zing. I would try it with almond milk and add a little coconut oil, not so much for flavor but for the health benefits of the coconut. It’s reminiscent of a chai latte. Great recipe.

        • My daughter drinks turmeric every day – she is 5. It has healed the autoimmune response she had to strep. My nieces drink it daily as well and it has relieved them of eczema.

          • Hi Angela & Erin, I don’t know how to reply to your replies, so I’m just replying to mine and hopefully you will be able to read it.

            My daughter does have PANDAS Erin – are you on any of the support groups on FB? How old is your child? It literally reduced her symptoms by 90% to start on turmeric – it took about a week and it was the worst flare up she has had yet. She does take pills sometimes too as she does get tired of the taste of the tea.

            Angela – she actually just drinks hers using the powdered spice (1 tsp) mixed with honey and cinnamon and warm water. And I’ve tried the milk method and actually prefer just drinking it with water also.

          • can you sub regular milk instead of the cocanut im alergic and have goute arthritis trying to stop taking toxic meds

          • I wanted to tell Mike above me that he should not be subbing this for regular milk– and should not be drinking milk at all! Dairy is terrible for those with gout.

      • Thanx for the recipe I add a tablespoon of Ovaltine powder to the mix above
        I sleep so well
        by using turmeric and taking the pills (from Swansons) I have reduced pain pills for 8 a day down to just two ( so can I get out of bed… I’m an invalid ) I share your post so everyone of my friends can benefit too

          • Actually, Ovaltine isn’t that bad! You’d be surprised. It’s much better than Hershey’s Syrup or Nesquick. I allow my children to drink it instead of chocolate syrup.

            This Golden Milk recipe helped me when I had the flu a few weeks ago. I didn’t use Ovaltine, but I appreciated knowing that I could. Thanks, Ann. Hope you are feeling well.

        • I started using for post chemo bone pain; 2000mg b.i.d. I wasn’t sure it was working so I stopped taking it. When pain got worse, I realized that it must have been helping and started it again. Now I take 4000mg b.i.d. It really helps alot. I take it with black pepper and coconut oil. I am also hoping that it will prevent my breast cancer from returning, as I refuse to take Tamoxifen or anastrozole. I also take dandelion root (1000 mg caps. q.i.d.)
          I was just able to find fresh turmeric root today. I am researching different ways to consume it. Seeing how others take it. I am optimistic. I like this group.

        • Personally I would not use dairy milk as it is not good for your health. There are many plant based milks that are much better for you. You can get coconut milk or almond milk in cartons and they are so easy to use. Xx

          • Raw milk is the ticket, if u can get it. I’m lucky enough to be 10 miles away from a large Amish population and I can get it from a couple of licensed folks. The taste difference is incredible! Like a vanilla milkshake and all of the nutrition hasn’t been “pasteurized” out of it. It actually has a layer of cream on the top (just like when I was a child -I’m 56). Real milk heals. Probably why the medicine cal me industry either hasn’t been educated on it or they’re withholding that info. Google something like raw milk versus pasteurized milk. You’ll be shocked when u find out whats being sold to the,average consumer!!

      • Katie, do I supposed to drink it all at the same time or keep it refrigerated and use just a part? It would be more than two cups total….

      • hello i see u said that almond milk and or raw milk can be used too subsitute the coconut milk would it be ok to subsitute with coconut oil and if so how would i go about making the tumeric milk with it and what kind of coconut oil should i use and how much let me no and thank u much

          • im srry im talking about making tumeric tea would it bo ok to use extra virgin coconut oil instead of any kind of milk if so how much should i use and how should i make it could i use your tumeric tea recipe but use the coconut oil let me no thank u so much

          • Thanks for this recipe which I’ve been using. However I just heard there might be different types of turmeric, one for cooking and one for medicinal use, is this true?

      • The recommended dose is 1 tsp of turmeric daily. This tea yields 3 cups. Do you drink the 3 cups in a day? If so, do you save it in the fridge and then drink it throughout the day?

    • I make golden milk with organic raw milk I get a local dairy. I first make a turmeric paste and use about a teaspoon in my milk with little spice, and sometimes a little maple syrup. I also put a little turmeric paste in my power smoothie in the morning. I really stops the pain of arthritis… it works!! 😉

        • Just heat it in a pan, and refrigerate – use about a tsp at a time and it can last a couple weeks:

          1/4 cup of turmeric powder
          1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
          1/2 cup of filtered water

          • have you ever had a problem with mold on it in the frig? All ingredients are fresh and there isn’t anything there that I think should cause mold, but it is there !!

        • Golden Paste:
          1/2 cup Organic Turmeric Powder
          1/2 cup clean water (no fluoride)
          1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
          5 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
          In a stainless steel pot cook together: Water, tumeric and black pepper until it forms a thick paste, stir and cook for 7 to 10 min. Remove from heat and add virgin coconut oil, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil. Transfer to glass jar with a lid and store refrigerator.

          Golden Milk:
          1 tsp. Golden Paste
          2 cups Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
          1/8 tsp. Vanilla (Optional)
          Molasses to taste.
          Pinch cinnamon (Optional)
          In a stainless steel pot-gently heat, but do not boil, milk with 1 tsp paste. Use whisk
          Add molasses and vanilla and cinnamon to taste.

          Pets like the golden paste too. ^..^

          • thanks for this! going to try it, but two cups of coconut milk per serving? the full fat kind? the organic, full fat, no BPA free can is several dollars so I can’t imagine being able to do that every night …. and it just sounds like it would make sooo much! help … so need to do this. thank you!

      • I’ve been told from an auyervedic practitioner that adding oil to warm tumeric milk helps lubricator the joints (almond or sesame was recommended).

        • The black pepper helps with the absorbtion of the tumeric, it can make a heck of a difference to how much your body absorbs, about 80% apparantly.

    • I use Rosemary Gladstar’s recipe for Golden Milk, which does call for almond oil, though I’m not sure whether it is actually required as a medium. In her recipe you first make a paste out of 1/4 cup turmeric and about 3/4 to 1 cup water. Simmer on the lowest setting until it becomes a thick paste then transfer to a jar and store in the fridge until ready to use. Then use 1 tsp of the paste, 1 tsp almond oil, 1 cup milk and honey if desired. Mix in a blender. When I make the paste I also add 1 tbsp each of cinnamon, ginger, astragalus and ashwagandha. All of these herbs have strong anti inflammatory properties. I had a hysterectomy almost 2 months ago and I’ve been taking 1-3 glasses of Golden Milk per day in place of pain pills. I only took the pills for the first 2 days after the surgery. After speaking to other women who have had the surgery I have found that this is unusual to say the least. Many women are still in pain and taking pills months later.

      • Thanks for the additional information. I’m so happy to hear how much this has helped you! I have a bad back and absolutely love Golden Milk. You’ve given me another version to try. 🙂

    • This is absolutely true, Turmeric is not water soluble, it needs a good oil or fat in order to be absorbed by the body. The freshly cracked black pepper increases the bioavailability of the active compound in the Turmeric.

      • If using the canned coconut milk, you don’t need any extra oil. There is 10g of fat per serving in the canned stuff. I’m sitting here staring at the 1/4″ layer of oil floating at the top of my mug. Next time I think I’ll add more water than 1c.

  2. Would this work with fresh turmeric root? And if so, how much would I use in comparison to the powder?

    • While I haven’t tried the recipe (yet), I would think you could juice the turmeric root and add it that way.

    • I use fresh turmeric root just like the fresh ginger by grating about a tsp worth of each into about one and a half to two cups of coconut milk and heating until steaming (or tiny bubbles form along the edge of the pan). Strain the liquid through a mesh strainer and add raw honey to taste. Yum and healthy!

      • Thanks Gretchen, I just stocked up on the fresh roots. Nice to see the original recipe using the powder for when I run out. The first time I saw a recipe for this at all, they were using fresh roots but it seemed a bit complicated. Looking forward to trying it! 🙂

  3. I can’t wait to go home and make this, I got everything at home and been making teas lately. So if I don’t have a can, 3 cups of Coconut milk right?

  4. I make a turmeric tea using the following:

    8 oz hot water
    Juice of 1/2 a lemon
    1/8 t. turmeric
    1/8 t. ground ginger
    Dash of cayenne pepper
    1 t. Coconut oil

    Mix continuously while drinking.

    Sometimes I add honey to sweeten it a bit.

    This tastes good and always makes me feel better!

  5. Awesome! I’ve wanted to try turmeric for a while but had no idea how to mask the taste. Excited to try this for menstrual cramps.

  6. A couple weeks ago I made a turmeric tea that was similar ?o this one. It made me feel nauseous and kind of sick. Is this normal? Should I have started with less and worked my way up?

    • I’ve had the same happen to me. With golden milk and with hot chocolate. It’s the coconut milk I think…too much, too creamy, too fat. I usually do half water (or more) and half coconut milk. Much better.

  7. I’m so excited to try this! Do you know how long this keeps? I’m assuming the recipe isn’t a single serving…

  8. A couple weeks ago I made a turmeric tea that was similar ?o this one. It made me feel nauseous and kind of sick. Is this normal? Should I have started with less and worked my way up?

  9. Thanks for this! Just curious though about the coconut milk. The can says serving size of 5 so do you drink the whole thing?

  10. I can’t wait to try this. I usually have a “turmeric tea” first thing in the morning to start my day, after my coconut oil pulling, of course but this sounds soothing and relaxing for evening! Like a chai minus caffeine.

  11. I use a half teaspoon Turmeric in my protein shake every morning. Which helps with my inflammation due to fibro and RA.

  12. It’s amazing I just said to myself earlier today that I have this turmeric and no idea what to do with it I’ve never really used it before. And then….this recipe popped up. I am enjoying a cup now. Love this site. I am obsessed. Thank you so much!!

    • I am not sure about the Tea idea but I use turmeric in almost everything I use it in my rice recipes and I made up a spice mix with turmeric and ground flax seed and coriander and grande marsala and louisiana cajon spice and a few others and it is real good.

  13. I use it with eggs for breakfast, I either sprinkle some one my over easy eggs, or stir into my veggie mix for scrambled eggs. I have also added it into soups. I will have to try a tea.

    • I also mix turmeric into scrambled eggs! Makes them a nice bright yellow. I usually saute a few onions in oil and sprinkle the turmeric in then, and then add the eggs. Mixes in better. My kids actually prefer eggs with it in, gives a ‘sweeter’ flavor.

    • Me too! I try to add it to the eggs while they are cooking. Putting it in with the raw eggs just seems to leave too much in the container.

    • I use devils claw for arthiritus when i cant afford my mangosteen caps.
      Works well but not sure on long term useage. Mangosteen absolutely fabulous for pain control of rhumatoid A

  14. We’ve been battling illness this past week and I have been looking into natural remedies, this is a new area for me but one I want to learn more about. Can children drink this tea? I have a 2 year-old who is getting over a nasty cold. Thanks, I love this site!!

  15. I use turmeric when I have a sore throat. I mix a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of turmeric and eat it. It always helps. Love this miracle drink.

    • Thirty eight years ago my medical doctor had me take a teaspoon if turmeric mixed with water for my horrible cough…….I was pregnant at the time and couldn’t take cough medicine…….It worked really well and I could sleep…….

  16. I make curry powder – 1 part cayenne pepper to 1 part turmeric powder and sprinkle it over my steel cut cooked oatmeal along with cinnamon powder. It adds a warm glow to my morning.

  17. I used to take turmeric tea but I stopped ever since I noticed my teeth turning yellow. I now take turmeric powder in capsule form.

      • Google turmeric for a toothpaste. You’ll be surprised at how white it makes your teeth. Having teeth yellowed from drinking – it would soon disappear with a quick brush of your teeth. The turmeric will kill off much bacteria in your mouth and leave your teeth sparkling! Don’t need toothpaste, just dip your brush in water then turmeric.

  18. I found out the hard way that I am very allergic to Turmeric (at first we thought Curry in general) when I used Turmeric infused Coconut Oil Hair mask which caused quite a bit of hair loss. If you are someone who has a lot of allergies and have not been exposed to this spice before, I would suggest proceeding with caution. BUT that said I wish I wasn’t so freakin’ allergic to it because it is delicious!

  19. We have long put turmeric in rice when we have beans and rice. Also, turmeric goes well in mashed potatoes – something the Moroccan cooks are well aware of. Now I’ve begun to keep a container of turmeric next to the stove, because I’ve been watching my menus, trying to think what else I could slip a little, or even a good bit of turmeric into. Sure enough, more things are starting to come to mind, such as beans themselves, mashed parsnips+carrots (a favorite of mine with a bit of cream or coconut milk), or even mashed turnips and potatoes, oh! and some cabbage dishes….., mashed sweet T’s w/ or w/out-pears is another good option – so butternut squash and pumpkin recipes would be game for at least a touch, with some recipes able to take on a good lot of turmeric. JUST BE WARE: turmeric does stain some plastic ware. Turmeric is often used in bread and butter pickles, so it would work in many refrigerator pickles. oh, and chili, and some meat marinades, some stews, some salad dressings….. of course, it could be stirred into mustard (storebought too), Jamaican jerk, and as others have mentioned, smoothies, eggs, curries, and etc. There really is no reason not to include turmeric every day, sometimes many times a day. I’m getting more and more excited about keeping turmeric next to my stove – right next to the salt and pepper and the Italian seasoning mix that I keep made up (other seasoning mixes are kept in the cabinet……. but not turmeric, not any more!!!).

  20. Hey! I don’t know if you’ll see this, but I will re-post later if you don’t!
    I just saw you on MamaNatural’s video, along with a few other bloggers I just randomly cam across on the ‘net! I just wanted to say I think it’s awesome that there is a Health Community out there. When I grow up, I want to have my own heath blog, because other blogs have helped me so so much.
    Way to go!

  21. Turmeric is wonderful, but if you have gallstones it can trigger a painful gallbladder attack. I find a tsp a day is as much as I can tolerate. So approach it’s use with moderation if you still have your gallbladder.

    • “Turmeric in the diet increases the production of enzymes that digest fats and sugars, and stop cholesterol from forming gallstones”.

      Angela–did you notice this statement in the above description of turmeric? I did, and I thought I had read somewhere else that beware of turmeric if you have gallstones.
      I wonder where this quote came from?
      Thanks for the warning.

      • It may be both are true. If you already HAVE gallstones, then when the turmeric starts to dissolve the stones, they may be able start passing – which hurts. But it will keep you from forming more of them and may get rid of the ones you already have.

  22. This is also called Golden Milk and is enjoyed in Kundalini Yoga communities. The only difference is they add 1 tsp almond oil. I like to use 1 tsp of coconut oil- blending it in the blended makes it frothy and thick like a latte. YUM!

  23. Wow. I just thought of my mom when i saw this recipe. I am from india and my mom made this everyday when i had a C- Section. She said turmeric help in healing wounds. We even use it for skin cuts etc, It is a staple spice in all indian dishes. We use to buy fresh roots dry it up and then grind into powder and store it.
    Thanks for the recipe and yeah i used cow milk

  24. I mix approximately equal parts of turmeric, ginger, and cayenne pepper together in a shaker, keep it next to my stove, and use it a lot. I do use slightly less cayenne pepper in the mix – but no too much less). I especially use it on chicken thighs that I skin, marinate in Italian dressing or Balsamic Vinegarette and bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes – turning once. Deeelicious! IYou can either add it to the marinade or shake it on when you take the chicken from the marinade.

    • I like your idea, Sherry, by keeping a mixture in a shaker cup to use while cooking. I’ll try that. Thanks!

  25. We keep fresh turmeric root on hand always. I small dice an inch of it and throw it into many things that would include other vegetables: soups, stews, bone broth, omelets, salad dressings and marinades, gravy…everything and anything!

  26. Just tried this today on a cold, snowy day & it was awesome! Glad to see you added black pepper to your recipe to increase absorption. As you already know, it does make a significant difference by enabling your body to benefit from the turmeric.

  27. I am definitely going to prepare this drink tonight. We use turmeric at home all the time in our cereal, rice and shakes. We also take it in vegetable capsule form.

    You always have great recipes. You are wonderful!!

  28. I take it as an energy/immune shot. In a shot glass I mix a tablespoon of honey with, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of pepper, and two pinches of turmeric with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix and enjoy!

  29. I use fresh Tumeric every morning! I throw a little knob (about the size of a finger digit) into my morning green smoothie along with a knob of fresh ginger. I peel both the tumeric and ginger with a paring knife, but you can choose not to. Just scrub well. I use a potato scrubber.

    I like my smoothies sweet and the tumeric can add a bitter flavor so I always make my smoothies with sweet fruits like bananas, frozen mango and frozen red cherries along with a couple of pitted dates as well as lots and lots of greens like kale and spinach. You never know that the tumeric is in it, but the benefits are still working for me!!!!

  30. Just another comment–this makes 2-4 cups, and says in the directions drink immediately. I guess you can’t store it? How could you drink this much in one sitting? Can you half it?

  31. Just made this for the first time… it’s delicious! I think this would make great creamer for herbal coffee and tea as well. Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been trying to figure out how to get more tumeric in my diet without resorting to more pills.

  32. I also use turmeric in my green smoothies but I always add cinnamon to counter the bitter taste. I made some quinoa the other day, added sauteed veggies, curry powder and turmeric – yum!

  33. Just made this… with what was on-hand… coconut milk from powder, to start. Used quite a bit more of the spices, and a tablespoon of maca powder… just because it was There… and a bit of coconut oil. Loved the combo. Will do this, or another variation often. Lovely winter beverage.
    To those who worry about storing it– don’t. I didn’t sweeten it, and kept sipping and refilling the cup. It was entirely enjoyed.
    Normally Turmeric is a goes-with-everything additive in soups, cultured vegetables, sauces, dressings, stuffing, and a touch is sneaked into baking sometimes. It’s really good with tart apples, lemon and dried fruits, and is great in corn bread, adding a sunny glow…
    Thanks so much for expanding the repertoire.

  34. Hi Katie, This looks great. I have a question though – I had a blood test to show my inflammation markers and coconut was on the list of things that cause inflammation in my body. So were almonds. Do you recommend another type of milk or liquid that I might use. I am not a fan of soy products. I have never tried rice milk, but I suppose that could work? Thank you!!

  35. hi!
    Just wondering if I can use the organic turmeric I bought at the grocery store (aisle with spices) is this the same or is it processed differently from what you use?:)

    • I was explaining the benefits of turmeric just now to my aging mother and read 4grams of circumen is the recommended dose. That is the active ingredient in turmeric but I don’t know how that converts to how much turmeric you need!

  36. This is delicious! I might have added too much honey, but tastes like a chai- totally enjoyable in taste, as well as all the great benefits! Thanks so much for a new favorite drink!

  37. Thank you for this! I’ve been looking for an easy ‘chai’ tasting tea recipe for ages and it’s absolutely delicious.. Even my 21month old son loves it :). Thank you Wellness Mama

  38. This Is an Old age Indian recipe. In india, we use It for treating flu, cold, etc..But here It’s cow’s/ buffalo’s milk+ turmeric..and its called haldi-doodh..

  39. Hi, I would have like to just email you this question personally but I couldn’t find a way to do that so I guess I’ll post. I am wanting to make this regularly for my husband who has digestion issues and so I was going to buy the turmeric in bulk from your recommended seller. however when I clicked in the link of where to find it it took me to a posting on amazon called starwest botanicals which was weird because in your post it says you buy from rose mountain herbs. And this listing does not mention rose mountain herbs at all. And it is not usda organic and many reviews said it was poor quality. So was it just an error? I figured it was but your cinnamon listing in the same recipe did the same thing. So are these links correct or not?

  40. I’ve avoided Tumeric thus far, thinking I hated it but I tried this since I’m fighting a cold and it’s sooo good! Thank you!

  41. I make a tea from mixing turmeric with honey and keep it in the cupboard in a mason jar. I add a teaspoon full to hot water and add lemon and a lot of black pepper. Haven’t tried it with coconut milk.

  42. I put a little turmeric in spaghetti and other regular dishes a few nights each week. I started with a small amount in spaghetti at first then worked up to a larger amount. Now my kiddo doesn’t know the difference.

    My joints seem to feel better when I’m eating it (or taking a turmeric supplement) regularly as does my belly (I have IBS). Pretty simple and safe way to keep healthy 🙂

  43. Hi, a few people have asked the question as to whether these 2-4 servings can be stored. I scrolled through and didn’t see a response.If the extra servings can be stored, how long?


  44. What is the best ginger and tumeric supplements if you want to use them and is it as beneficial as the fresh roots?

  45. hello, the recipe i tried says to drink at once after it is heated up and dispose the rest. it was the Turmeric golden milk. thanks

    • Make sure that you get raw or unprocessed virgin coconut oil not hydrolyzed. It is the processed kind that causes problems. yes you still have to watch your oil intake and not overdo.

    • No where near as much as coconut cream – the coconut milk is preferable as far as I’m concerned and I just add a tablespoon of coconut oil for the fats. I find using coconut cream, it’s almost too much, you feel like you’ve put on weight!!

  46. Great! My gynecologist suggested using Turmeric for all these reasons as well.
    This is a delicious drink. I use my Turmeric in chili, tacos, and other things I can
    hide it in. This way my family can be healthy too.

  47. I love your blog!! I refer to it daily and send everyone I know to it!! Is this turmeric tea safe to drink during pregnancy?

  48. A while back I decided to try turmeric for its health benefits. I was taking it in pill form, only the recommended dose and nothing more. I went to get a pedicure and the technician clipped my cuticle too short which caused it to bleed. They could not get the bleeding to stop and we were all very alarmed. At any rate I went home to see if there was any side effects to the turmeric and found that it has blood thinning properties. So please keep that in mind when making golden milk and taking it as a supplement. In saying that I reduced the amount of turmeric used in the above recipe and made it last night. I loved it and will enjoy making it in the future! Thanks for maintaining such a resourceful website!

  49. I’ve used turmeric to minimize inflammation for some time. I add 1/2 to 1 tsp, turmeric with a sprinkle of black pepper and cayenne to my morning and evening cup of tea with a tsp. of honey and a splash of whatever milk I have on hand. (We use either un-homogenized, natural cows milk or almond/coconut milk beverage).
    When I first began taking it, it took a little getting used to, but now I look forward to it. It has also been helpful for minimizing asthma attacks-an unexpected benefit for me.

  50. Can one make the base recipe in bulk to keep in the fridge, and go about the heating part in individual portions? It ought to keep a bit; most ingredients are dry and honey’s a preservative.

  51. Thank you so much Wellness Mama! This is going to be a new nightly ritual…so warming, comforting and delicious. I used coconut milk but will try it with whole raw milk as well.

  52. Some reviewers mentioned turmeric staining teeth-From Rodale press read ‘uses for turmeric excerpt below:

    7. BRIGHTEN TEETH: One of turmeric’s most surprising uses—especially considering it stains nearly everything it touches—is its ability to whiten teeth. Mix about 1/2 tablespoon dried turmeric powder with a small bowl of water to form a thick paste. Apply paste to toothbrush and brush as normal. (Be sure to rinse well, and maybe follow-up with an additional brushing.) On top of its whitening powers, turmeric’s antifungal and antibacterial properties will boost oral health, as well.

    8. FACE MASK: Turmeric is wonderful for skin. Use it to reduce signs of aging, decrease the appearance of dark circles and clear up acne via a DIY face mask. To make, combine 1/4 teaspoon turmeric with 2 teaspoons flour, a few drops of honey and a few drops water. If it’s too thick, add more water; if it’s too thin, add more turmeric or flour. Massage paste into skin using circular motions, let sit for 10 minutes and then rinse with a warm wash cloth.

  53. I couldn’t wait to get home and make this…drinking it right now. I used almond milk instead. The trick is to stir and not overheat it as it will slightly stick to the bottom of the pan (as I found out). Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  54. Thanks for the wonderful recipe – it’s delicious and very warming. I look forward to all its benefits as well.

  55. Is it necessary to add all these spices? I ask black pepper and similar spices gives me the rash and I found a recipe online that calls for regular milk and turmeric only warmed up not boiled.

  56. I’m just getting started using turmeric, and I’m wondering if using turmeric in the tea will stain your teeth? I know the powder can be used to whiten teeth, but I wasn’t sure whether drinking it might cause staining.

    • Turmeric surprisingly does not stain teeth – in fact, it can be used as a very effective teeth whitener and I’ve done it myself for some time. No toothpaste, just dip your brush in water then in a small dish of turmeric and brush away!!

  57. Interested to try this with turmeric root and ginger root! I make almond milk all the time and I just made my first batch of homeade coconut milk…from a whole coconut too (you will never go back to store bought versions). My husband used the coconut milk in his coffee and he thought i was better than cream, which I have been trying to get him to stop drinking, especially the fake stuff (who drinks OIL…ugh)! It was a bit time consuming to make though…mostly peeling the brown skin off the coconut though. I need a better peeler and to soak it for a bit longer. I froze the rest the last of it, since I read it only last 2-3 days. I did not want it to go to waste. I can’t wait to defrost some and use it for this. I only want to make a small amount though…in case I don’t like it I do not want to waste my precious coconut or almond milk!!!! Any idea how to make just one small serving to try it??? I do have some trader joe’s canned light coconut milk (just coconut and water)…would I still add as much water since it already has some in it???

  58. do you have this recipe where we could mix up a larger container of all of the dry spices and then just heat and add milk as needed? I’d like to mix up everything and have it ready to go?

  59. I finally made this tea. I made about a cup or so. I used about a 1/3 of a cup of Trader Joe’s light coconut milk (coconut milk and filtered water), and about a 1/3 of water. I was not sure if there was enough water. I was going to make more fresh coconut milk (since I took my last couple cups to my daughter at her dorm), but we made it back too late. I also used fresh turmeric root, which is substitute for about 1 TBL root (2 inch piece approx) for the 1 tsp dried powder. I did not know how much ginger root, so I put in about a 1/4 tsp chunk along with the cinnamon, pepper and honey. It all went into my Nutribullet and then I warmed it up as directed. It was not creamy enough so I added a bit of my homemade almond milk, which made all the difference. I love the spicyness!!! Here is the kicker though…as I tasted it I thought WOW fresh ground nutmeg would go great with this…so I added it. It IS yummy with it!!! Thanks for the recipe…i am hoping it will help inflammation from pain while sleeping, and for some inflammation I still have in my gut. Crossing my fingers on both counts!!! Blessings all!

  60. I love my water with turmeric, cinnamon, lemon and maple syrup or honey. I drink a glass before bed and a glass when I get up early in the morning getting ready for work. It is so delicious and refreshing. I take 2 litres of it to work. 🙂

    • How much do you use for each ingredient? I’m new to using turmeric, and would like to learn more about it.

  61. Lately, my body has been telling me I need turmeric in my diet. After researching online I realized my body really does need it. I heard about Golden Milk and decided to look into it. This was the first recipe i found and just made a different version because I didn’t have all the ingredients and I wanted a particular flavor to it. Surprisingly, I love it. It tastes like a creamier version of Chai tea, not as strong. This will be something I will continue to make.
    2 cups regular milk
    1 tsp ground turmeric
    1 tsp ground ginger
    1 tsp coconut oil
    1 tbsp honey
    Sprinkle of black pepper and cinnamon
    5 drops of vanilla extract

    Delish! Hope this will help with my current headache and insomnia :/

  62. I tried your version, Sandy–sort of. I still used coconut cream (since Amazon started carrying it, plus the coconut milk.) Love the touch of vanilla.

    I likely have a tendency to overdo it and used ALL the spices–turmeric, cinnamon, pepper, cayenne pepper, and yes ginger and honey. Did I leave anything out? Maybe 😉

    It’s really good and I didn’t even use the blender this time. Ended up using the whisk so the cococount ‘globs’ were completely mixed in. I really needed this “tea” this afternoon. 🙂


  63. I found a recipe for turmeric paste a few weeks back because I noticed a sudden fatty cyst or fatty tumor sitting right under my collarbone. I read about fatty tumors and turmeric was the most commonly suggested remedy. I made the paste with organic ground turmeric, organic coconut oil, and black pepper. I applied a small amount of the paste on my collarbone and put gauze and medical tape on it overnight. The next morning the chat or tumor was noticeably smaller. It had been hurting or pulsing under my skin the day before, and after using the paste it wasn’t hurting. I applied it again two more nights and couldn’t find the tumor very well by the 3rd day! No more pain, I couldn’t see it or grab it in a pinch of skin. This happened the weekend of Easter 2015. I wore old clothes because I knew it would stain.

    I haven’t been taking care of my health and my liver needs to cleanse. I noticed earlier this week the fatty tumor was back. I used the paste again one night and the tumor shrank. I have another cyst or fat tumor near my thigh and groin which has been checked by a doctor twice and deemed benign. I am going to see if by using the paste alternating with golden milk or turmeric tea, I can rid my body of these cysts or tumors.

    I just drank a mug of the tea using your recipe, but organic almond milk in place of the liquid. I also added a tablespoon of coconut oil. I liked the consistency and the taste after first sipping it with my nose plugged. I will make this often, and invite my children (ages 8 and 10) to drink it. My son has asthma and excema. I have ovarian cysts. I would love to come back and report other benefits.

    I got confused by reading the comment about gallstones. I have my gallbladder and don’t want to lose it. So, is there a controversy on turmeric and gallstones?

  64. I enjoy the taste of golden milk (with walnut or flax oil and a dash of black pepper) made from turmeric paste from another site. The problem that has turned me off golden milk is the scum left in the bottom of my cup. I feel that to filtering the milk to remove the gritty paste would lessen the benefit. Am I doing something wrong, or does everyone else have this problem and it just doesn’t bother them? Or would filtering still give the benefits of the turmeric? I’ve asked this same question on several forums but have never received a response, so I’m really hoping someone here will chime in 🙂 Thanks!

    • Hi! The ‘scum’ that many of these healthy concoctions leave on the sides and bottom of the cup/blender can be swished with a little water and consumed. I do that with golden milk and blender smoothies. I don’t waste a single drop of nutrients 🙂 Johanna

      • If I put in very much cinnamon I am disgusted by the mucousy slime at the bottom. I rinse it out because I read some place that it wasn’t good for you.

  65. I’m not sure I can drink an entire serving (1 can coco milk + 1 cup water) in one sitting. Can this be refrigerated and warmed up?

  66. I have just made some and am sipping on it right now. I was surprised at how yummy it is!
    I just used a small tin of coconut milk as that’s all I had, and I added the cream from the can too.
    I am interested to read that so many people drink it nightly to help relieve aches, and for overall health. I think I need to jump on board!

  67. I added 1 tsp coconut oil and 2 tsp. maca powder. This is a real comfort food drink! i wonder if I dare add some matcha green tea and use it for my morning energy drink? I make a matcha green tea latte with almond milk.

  68. I really want to include turmeric, coconut milk and black pepper into my diet daily for all the health benefits. However, I’m less likely to consume a tea version. I’m wondering if it’s possible to brew this cococotion, chill it and use it as liquid in daily smoothie. Do you have any input on its effectiveness chilled?

    Thank you! Your recipes have been my lifeline in going all natural <3

  69. This is absolutely delicious! I left out the black pepper and Cayenne and used SUgar free maple syrup. SO good! think I will have it replace my coffee–or at least one of my two cups! Thanks!

    • You need the black pepper to activate the turmeric and make it bio-available. Leaving it out means the turmeric milk is not giving you the benefits at all.

  70. I made some of the Turmeric Tea and shared it with my husband. We both find it quite tasty and are sure it is very good for us. Thanks so much!

  71. Was recently diagnosed with Poly Myalgia. All of this is new to me. I’m really grateful for the information on this website and the invaluable conversations. I’m learning to much. Sounds like the paste is a great way to get started with Turmeric. Still learning about this herb. If there is anyone out there with Poly Myalgia and has some advice for me, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  72. Is this suppose to suppress the appetite?

    I made this this morning using almond milk, but the rest of the recipe, as written. (I didn’t have any coconut milk left!) I really enjoyed the soothing warm 8oz. drink as an early morning start to my day….but…

    Is there any chance that this drink has an appetite suppressant component to it? I really had no appetite at all for the rest of the day. It was a little alarming, actually, to not want to eat at all. I am not looking to lose any weight and had a hard time finding anything appealing. To the point of just having some broth for lunch and organic popcorn at dinner. Am I the only one?

    I really liked the milk tea and a serving for tomorrow, I am just over 60 and have pretty advanced osteo arthritis in my lumbar and cervical spine, plus knees and hands. I am doing my best at avoiding drugs, but gosh, some days!

    • I did have my second serving of tea today and with the same result. It seems to have vanished my appetite. It could be a coincidence and a virus or bug is beginning, so I will wait a few days and see. This may just not be in the cards for me as much as I’d like the benefits for arthritis.

      As the actual recipe goes, it does something for sure, and I found it soothing and tasty!

      • I too have RA along with other autoimmune illnesses. I think turmeric is very important to be taking at least daily. Try drinking smaller amounts a few times during the day between meal. Even better would be to drink some before bed which should help you to sleep better. You could make a paste and store that in the frig and mix with fluid and heat. or use Wellness Mama’s blender mix and store that in the frig, just heat what you can drink at a time. Stir or blend the mix prior to heating. Make sure you add the ground pepper and some type of healthy oil as we need the best absorption we can get. There are several paste recipes in this post, lots of good input.

        Thank you Wellness Mama for a wonderful site.

    • I am wondering the same thing? I have been drinking the Golden Milk for about a week and the past couple days I have hardly had an appetite. It is very strange! I definitely could stand to lose a considerable amount of weight and if this is a dream I don’t want to wake up from it. Lol!

  73. Like one of the other commenters, I enjoy the taste of the tea, but find the spice ring around the top of my cup (and the spice sludge at the bottom) very unappetizing! Would it be a bad thing to strain this out after heating the tea but before serving? I am sure you strain the turmeric root and ginger if you start with the raw vegetable…

    • Nope, I don’t strain it at all. I only have the raw ginger root, not the turmeric root but I love chewing up the little grated bits of ginger. It’s so good for me, I’d never throw it out. You might find more of the spice ring and *stuff* around the rim if you used coconut cream, as opposed to coconut milk where there’s less fat.

  74. I have been useing this simple concoction for a while now. I like the taste and have a cup in the morning and in the evening after dinner. It has not hurt me and I plan to keep on.

    San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

  75. Some people call a pot a saucepan. I use a pot because microwaving foods will kill the goodness we’re trying to gain from it.

  76. The regular size can of 400g – I could drink the whole thing by myself by having a few cups. It makes quite a lot when you add the water so use half today, half tomorrow. 3x a week is probably enough, even just twice a week.

  77. SIMPLE TEA:! make paste from 1lge tsp of turmer powder 1-11/2tsps of Honey and grated black pepper 1/2tspn.
    Mix together makes me enough for two days.
    use 1/2tspn in a mug add very hot water stir allow to cool and drink … add any flavours
    cinnamon etc cool and drink. yummy!

  78. can you just use turmeric capsules instead of making the tea? I travel often and would love to be able to have the benefits without the fuss!

  79. Thanks for the golden milk post- its deli shouts. I take capsules, eat a boatload of indian food (my husband is from Kerala), and even sprinkle a spicy turmeric blend for Kaphas on my air-popped popcorn (CHOPRA center website is where I get the turmeric spice blend.) my daughter makes a mask of turmeric, yogurt, and honey for her face. When I first started taking turmeric in capsule form 5 years ag, I had highly elevated C-reactive protein levels. My endocrinologist at UCSF suggested the turmeric supplements, as well as fish oil and vitamin D supplementation. Today, my levels are back to normal (we think thanks especially to the turmeric), and I seriously have not been sick in years! I use a brand that combines the turmeric with black pepper.

  80. WOW, we love this!! My sons and I will make this a ritual in the evening. SO delicious. I made a mess but now think I have it figured out. I used a bit of chai seasoning as well as the ceylon cinnamon. I tagged you on instagram and gave you credit for the recipe =)
    Thanks for your post!!

  81. Hi! I’m not sure this is the best way to assimilate turmeric into your system, as in the original recipe you first mix one cup of turmeric powder (organic) with 2 cups of water and warm it up on the stove for a while stirring constantly until it becomes like a cream, almost solid. You can conserve this paste in the refrigerator and use a teaspoon, or more if you like, in your vegetable milk (preferably coconut or almond milk) with a half teaspoon of black pepper and a tablespoon of oil (better if coconut oil for the taste). You can optionally add cinnamon and honey for the taste. This is how I make my Golden Milk daily, which allows me to eliminate pain killers and flu medicines from my life. It’s also delicious!

    • Hi! What is the difference between using directly the turmeric powder and making the paste you mention? I mean, there is an extra step, is there an advantage? And, I suppose you prepare this milk the traditional way… do you know if boiling the honey makes it bad to consume? I read that in ayurvedic medicine is not recomended at all to cook or heat the honey.

  82. I make a cup of turmeric every night using my Keurig and latte k-cup. From what I understand, there has to be (1) Heat (2) Pepper and (3) Oil. I put the turmeric, pepper and coconut oil in the cup and stir as the latte is making. I wait until it cools enough to drink…stir it up and gulp it down. Is it good? NO! I have added Honey, cinnamon, etc and I have yet to find any way to make a turmeric drink that actually taste good. I have also done the same thing with hot tea. I am doing this for 2 reasons…the main one to help avoid getting Alzheimers as it runs in my family. There is a lot of information that turmeric helps, and to help with joint pain.

  83. Hello to all, ive tried this version of the golden milk and i must agree with katie work your way up if you have somach issues it will help you I hope in the long run as it as many benefits I suffer with alot of ailments and have problems sleeping at night so im hoping this will work also for the joints too ive just had a cup and it really does warm you up so the cold winter weather can bog off i hope it works for you all but alas not everything does will just have to wait till the effect takes hold thankyou katie wonderful website happy new year to you all

  84. I just made this tonight using almond milk, and it was delicious. I used fresh grated ginger, not the powder. I included the pinch of cayenne pepper. Between the two it had a nice “heat” to it. I also included a pinch of cardamom powder…just a pinch, because I happen to love it and thought it would add a nice flavor. Because it’s a stronger spice, I literally used a dash or a pinch. I can taste it, but it is quite subtle. I will definitely make this again and again…as I type this, I’m sipping it before heading off to bed.

  85. This is a great recipe, thank you for posting! Can I make the dry ingredients in bulk to store ahead of time? Do you have measurement suggestions?

  86. Thanks for this recipe. I have the flu so am doing everything I can to get better. I made mine with almond milk–still delicious!


  88. Most posts are about putting Turmeric into cooking or in a heated drink. Some use / take it without any kind of heating. I understand adding black pepper to help your body absorb the curcumin but is heat another factor for the Turmeric to work better?
    Also, coconut oil / milk compared to almond oil / milk. Is there a big difference of fat content between the two?

  89. I guess I just need to take a week and read through your whole site, because everything I search in Google leads me to you! 😉 I love the depth of all of your insight.

  90. I’m having difficulty finding turmeric in Germany. Can I use
    Curcumin powder in place of turmeric. I know it is the active ingredient .

    Want to try this tea if this will work.

    Thank you.

  91. Hello, Thank you for all of the great information Ive learned through reading your blog. My mom had throat cancer, lung cancer and leukemia from age starting at age 60. So in my search for trying to dodge this triple bullet i came across turmeric. Im wanting to start incorporating turmeric into my diet daily. I’ve also been reading about the many benefits of lemons. Do you know of any conflicts I would have from drinking both? Should I drink the lemon water in the morning and the turmeric milk before bed? Thanks for any advice.

  92. Great idea Thanks! I tried adding an equal amount of carob powder (equal to the turmeric) and it was delicious. (Carob helps lower blood pressure, and enhances the taste.)

  93. Hi Katie,

    as this does seem like a lot to drink at once, can some be stored in the fridge and then heated up for later?
    Thanks 🙂

  94. I’ve just started my own blog, and am writing a teeny bit about turmeric and its health benefits. is it ok to put the link to this recipe on it – it’ll bring more people to your page maybe and full credit goes to you!

  95. This is delicious and very soothing. I made half the recipe and was going to drink the whole thing till I realized I had 600 calories in my cup and I’d already drank 300 calories. Someone finally answered the question of how many servings is in the recipe, so I’m refrigerating the remainder.

  96. What is the reason for making a paste of the turmeric powder? It will mix with the water and coconut milk in the recipe.

  97. I made this golden tea and it was very soothing and delicious. It was too much to drink all at once so I refrigerated the rest.The next evening I reheated it and it wasn’t nearly as good. Can anyone tell me why that would be?

    • I’m not sure, but sometimes things are just better tasting when freshly made.
      I make a turmeric paste that I keep in the fridge. Each day, I take a spoonful out and put i a cup of water. I then add about a teaspoon of coconut oil to the warm water. I don’t usually have coconut milk around. When I do, it goes to grandson whom is allergic to both cow milk and soy milk. Try making a paste and then adding it to a cup of coconut milk – you won’t need to add the coconut oil as you’ll already have the oil in it from the milk.

  98. I read that soya and turmeric are good for osteo arthritis so is it okay to use soya milk in golden milk recipes?

  99. Hi guys. I think the whole idea of using milk in this recipe is that Turmeric is not water soluble and therefore needs the fat/oil within the milk to work better,the same goes for the pepper (which increases the absorption of the Turmeric). I actually ran out of milk of any kind when I made mine and used some Greek gods yogurt.
    Some of the dairy substitutes like nut milks and the like will probably be ok to use as long as they have a decent amount of fat (which some don’t). If you have milk allergies you can always substitute oil (coconut, olive, etc.).

  100. Hi, for the serving size, it states serves 4. For my family of 4 we each would get a 1/2 cup serving, will this be enough to reap all of the benefits?

  101. Just made this as have been feeling a bit bloated and poorly all week and skin breaking out too! Wasn’t sure how it would taste but is really delicious, like a previous reader said tastes like a chai latte 🙂 Really calming and so many benefits, definitely going to become part of my daily routine xxx

  102. I heat coconut oil (organic cold pressed) in a pan and use 1 T Tumeric lots of black pepper because I love it and it helps your body absorb Tumeric. I mix my scrambled eggs in and enjoy. I have recently read up on eggs and they are good for you in moderation. I also read Tumeric has to be heated to bring out the healing properties. I’m not really a tea person.

  103. your site is wonderful. Just a note of importance, this golden milk comes from Ayurveda. According to wisdom of ayurveda honey should not be cooked or it becomes toxic. Please adjust your recipe to have practitioners add this after cooking. If you want a sweetener you can cook maple syrup is a safer bet.

    much love

  104. My daughter is 17 years, she has lupus. I don’t know how well this will work with her. She takes a lot of medications. I want to try it.

  105. I have been making Golden Paste with turmeric powder and now have lots of organic turmeric root I would like to use. What is the equivalent measure of fresh turmeric root to turmeric powder to use for the Golden Paste?

  106. I’m wondering if there is a way to make this so that you don’t dirty both the pot and the blender right before you go to bed? Any suggestions? Can you prepare it in advance and then just add boiling water? Would that work?

  107. Just made this plus the coconut milk from scratch… beyond delicious/soothing/nourishing…Wish I’d made more, will next time. Bringing some to my friend in a minute, he will love it. Just shared on my FB page and with my online community. Thank you it’s wonderful.

  108. I’ve been drinking this EVERY day (one day I had it twice!). It’s SO delicious and sweet. It honestly tastes super warm, frothy (I blend the ingredients in a Bullet and then add 1 cup of warmed vanilla almond milk with coconut oil to it all) and better than my old Starbucks junk drinks.

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